September 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) attempts a pass while under pressure from St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) and Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense Is Reminiscent Of 1992


Watching last Sunday’s game, I couldn’t shake the deja vu that I’d already lived through this once. No, it wasn’t the game against the Cardinals in week 1, it was a lot longer ago. It turns out that my head was remembering games from way back in 1992.

I went and looked at the stats. this year’s team can’t possible compare with that disaster of a team that went 2-14, could it? Well, through 4 games, the two teams are closer to each other than you might think:

Year Off Pass yards NFL Rank Total defense Record after 4 games
2012 524 Last 1103 2-2
1992 455 Last 1149 1-3

That’s pretty scary if you ask me.

The 1992 team had an amazing defense. Cortex Kennedy was the NFL’s defensive player of the year that year, but the offense simply couldn’t move the ball, especially through the air. Sound familiar? It should. While the Seahawks might not have a defensive player of the year candidate on the 2012 squad, the defense is one of the best in the league, while the offense isn’t pulling it’s weight.

It’s the type of correlation that could lead Seahawks fans into a massive state of depression. But before you climb out on the window ledge of a super tall building you should probably look again and notice that I neglected to include the rushing offense.

That’s because Marshawn Lynch and the team’s rush offense has been great so far, and the 1992 squad had no such ability. The 2012 Seahawks have outgained the 1992 squad on the ground by just under 200 yards through the first 4 games (603 vs 409). Unlike the 1992 team, this Seahawk team can move the ball at times.

Hopefully, Wilson’s continued development will begin to show on the stat sheets in the next few games, and this entire comparison will become obsolete. He has the talent, he just needs to begin seeing what he’s supposed to be seeing on the field. If that happens, then we have nothing to worry about.

If it doesn’t, if Wilson continues to remind us older Seahawks fans of Kelly Stouffer, then the Seahawk’s season will hinge on the ability of Marshawn Lynch to stay both healthy and productive. If he doesn’t, this entire season could go downhill very quickly.

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  • jeff

    Your right on and our only hope is that pete wakes up and lets the rookie play by opening up the offense. If not its gona be the same old 500 pete. petes current nfl record is 49-51.the nfl is like playing chess where the ncaa is checkers. nfl simply doesnt hv the gaps in talent (its chess) petes great at checkers.

  • http://twitter.com/Nick6Harris Nick harris

    I think you forgot that if Wilson continues to struggle we do have a solid back-up. If Marshawn got hurt we also have a solid back-up there. The defense will carry this team and give Wilson a chance to catch up to the speed in the NFL. I think that they have to give Russel a legit chance to show what he can do instead of drop offs and only passing on obvious passing downs. Even if he doesn’t complete deep shots it will be in the back of the D’s mind and if you don’t have all your attention on Lynch well…. Just ask the Saints what happens.